Sunday, September 16, 2012
Bob Dylan Christmas Album
Thank goodness that law is no longer enforced. Can you imagine the cast of Law & Order doing a Christmas Album. (Although Jerry Orbach was in “Carnival,” “Promises, Promises” (for which he won a Tony Award), “42nd Street” and “Chicago” on broadway and sang “Try to Remember” in the off-off-Broadway hit “The Fantasticks.”) Or an "American Idol" Christmas album — wait — that might work — I'm calling my agent right now. Gotta fly out to LA and get on that project — now — where was I — oh yeah:
So, it was with some degree of surprise that I learned that the poet laureate of rock and roll, the great (but not his voice) singer and songwriter Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) has a new Christmas album.
Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus" is chortled and laced with the sound of sleigh bells. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is a tableau of a Minnesota nativity scene. "Little Drummer Boy" evokes fruitcake harmonies, majorette twirlers, and snare drums. Dylan finds a husky pathos in "The Christmas Blues" that would've made Dean Martin cringe, and serves a fruity Hawaiian punch with "Christmas Island". He gets himself and the band riled up on "Must Be Santa", where a wacky polka chases itself into what could be an Israeli folk dance, complete with a swipe at a recent American president. (— Thank you RENARDO BARDEN for that paragraph — I actually haven't heard the album yet.)
I can hear the sleigh bells now and smell the chestnuts roasting. Ummmm, chestnuts!
Originally written August 15, 2011.